Awards night gala signs of 2016

Newcastle Thunder reflected on season 2016 at Kingston Park Stadium on Friday Evening as players, coaches, staff and fans gathered for the club’s annual end of season awards evening.


Hosted by Made in Tyne & Wear sports reporter Andy Sixsmith, the evening provided a fitting coda to a season which has laid solid foundations for 2017 and beyond.

The evening also recognised the achievements of players from the club’s Under 19 grade as the aspiring Thunder players of tomorrow, joined with those they hope to emulate.

Within the Under 19s, Jed Charlton was named as most improved player, Sandy Rae the coaches’ player of the year and Nial Sidney as the players player of the year.

Reay’s night was further enhanced as the youngster found out he will be a senior Thunder player in 2017 with his first professional contract handed over with his award.

In the senior team, newly re-signed Harry Aldous was rewarded for a highly impressive first season playing outside of Under 19 level with the coaches’ player of the year accolade, while Lewis Young picked up the young player of the year gong following a similarly impressive step up into the professional ranks.

Another of 2017’s current signings was named first team back of the year, with Thomas Reudiger taking that title after entertaining all season with searing breaks, committed defence and 17 tries, while co-captain Rhys Clarke was named first team forward of the year, following arguably his strongest season in his career to date.

It ended up being double glory for the prop as he was also named as player player of the year.

Long-serving volunteers Jim and Jan Neighbour had their tireless efforts behind the scenes rewarded with the Neil Coombs award,

Newcastle Thunder Awards 2016

List of Winners

Neil Coombs award – Jan & Jim Neighbour

U19s most improved player – Jed Charlton

U19s coaches’ player of the year – Sandy Rae

U19s players’ player of the year – Niall Sidney

1st team young player of the year – Lewis Young

1st team back of the year – Tom Reudiger

1st team forward of the year – Rhys Clarke

1st team coaches’ player of the year – Harry Aldous

1st team players player of the year – Rhys Clarke